Arriving in the late afternoon, it was misty hazy day, after a 3 hour bus ride from Shanghai, it was on a weekday so it was not too busy here. This water is made even more famous since the filming of Mission Impossible III here.
Xitang, is an ancient scenic town in Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province, China. Its history dates back to at least the Spring and Autumn Period when it was located at the border of the State of Yue and Wu.
Xitang is a water town crisscrossed by nine rivers. The town stretches across eight sections, linked by old-fashioned stone bridges. In the older parts of town, the buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the area.
Xitang also contains numerous antique residences and temples, such as the Temple of the Seven Masters. The town keeps a tranquil ambience and scenic beauty, making it a very popular tourist attraction. It is frequently depicted in Chinese landscape painting.
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npecanhuk (60100) 2011-05-04 11:14
Very attractive and truly interesting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, dof, colors, vertical format, grey & white borders, contrasts and composition are all excellent!
I love the sun in the sky... lovely view! I really like those reflections!
TFS - congrats,
jemaflor (79840) 2011-05-04 11:24
Very nice light very well captured, good composition with the man and the boat, beautifu reflections too, tfs.
leo61 (0) 2011-05-04 11:28
A peaceful atmosphere and lovely light.The photo has a good depth and I like the red lanterns.
rbassin (15796) 2011-05-04 11:37
Une magnifique vision sur cette scène quotidienne à l'heure du coucher du soleil.
Les couleurs et la lumière sont très belles.
StefanoPaganell (807) 2011-05-04 11:38
nice soft colours and light, well done
yquem46 (38378) 2011-05-04 11:40
So beautiful these pinkish blueish pastel colors for this moody shot of a long perspective
have a nice day
SnapRJW (28762) 2011-05-04 12:05
Hello Way - Delicate pastel landscape with lovely pops of colour from the lanterns, foliage etc. There is a lovely watery-misty quality to the shot which I find very peaceful and attractive. Good work Way!
Best wishes Rosemary
ktanska (23850) 2011-05-04 12:20
Beautiful pastel tones. Traditional buildings along the slightly curving waterway give good perspective. Reflections look just great and the boat is well placed on the foreground.
bema (26211) 2011-05-04 12:23
looking at the thumnil i was first thinking about venice, but nice to see this beautiful landscape and city also in a land like China..
great colors, perfect mood, a really enjoyable capture!
have a nice week, see you soon, greetings Bernd
holmertz (36335) 2011-05-04 12:38
I have probably already paid my compliments to you several times for showing pictures with the qualities of a painting. I will still have to do it once again, because this is just marvellous. The orange and pink haze may be due to pollution, but it does make a fine picture.
cornejo (27319) 2011-05-04 12:42
Wayne cordials greetings. A wonderful and calm image of this beautiful place. A very good composition technically excellent. A great shot and very good work, congratulation. Have a good night and happy day, thanks for sharing.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-05-04 12:46
nice composition with the boatman in the canal between the buildings...nice reflection of the buildings & the sun in the water...gd colour contrast,sharpness & exposoure value...very gd shot of sun set...
sabermonajati (8817) 2011-05-04 12:51
dreamily paysage you captured.
InasiaJones (31230) 2011-05-04 13:20
I can see your post-process line of decision, popping some reds here, rescuing some sun overexposure there, beautifully calibrated and well managed. The result is flawless and highly attractive. The shades you have captured are sublime, soft and quite singular.
The unique mood created by your work is remarkable and I think it's one of its most outstanding quality.
The composition is also the result of a carefully framed scene, certainly not improvised. I'm sure you have studied the ground, moving left and right, fine tuning the cropping, until you got everything perfectly aligned and composed.
It's a great photo Wayne, artistically and technically.
jimmj63 (2303) 2011-05-04 14:13
very well composed this very good image, splendid atmosphere, very good pastels color, very good light
a good result
emka (72058) 2011-05-04 14:41
it is very beautiful, the colours are so delicate, the houses on the water are very nice, the calm atmosphere, red lamps, fantastic light in the evening... Superb photo from Xitang, if is a pity i wasn't there.
fabianoleite (9367) 2011-05-04 21:38
This sunset provide calm colors, and the line of the river is well surrounded by interesting houses. I really like this composition and feel like going along such river. Congratulations!
Robert1969 (6832) 2011-05-04 21:59
A picture that gives the viewer a pleasant feeling.
The great light makes the picture beautiful soft, but creates also a lots of details (no hard shadows).
The great composition creates a lots of depth, but makes also the picture calmness (very good balance).
The man in the boat makes the depht extra stronger (great point of view)...My compliments.
annjackman (17387) 2011-05-04 22:12
It is the delicacy of the colours enhanced by the reflections and cloudy/misty sky that I like so very much. The boat in the FG is well placed in your composition. Beautifully tranquil.
Best wishes, Ann
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-05 0:50
Wonderful POV and soft colors in this beautiful picture from Xitang
I like a lot the reflections and how you framed it
shevchenko (19051) 2011-05-05 2:03
Nice soft color and lighting effect, impressive sunset view in a cloudy day, lovely old houses along the river, good vertical format to frame it, thanks for sharing a poetic view.
sevy (15287) 2011-05-05 2:17
I like the mood of this photo with the soft lightning and colors through the filter of the mist.
Good balance of the composition with diagonale built by the channel, the man and his boat to fill foreground and the sun in the opposite corner.
We could say you managed an Ying-Yang composition :-)
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-05-05 2:23
Une trés belle atmosphère ressort de ce cliché.
Les couleurs sont trés agrables, et le cadrage parfait.
Une trés belle profondeur.
Wanda1 (14900) 2011-05-05 4:45
Lovely soft light and well structured composition for this beautiful shot. The boat was a definite must for inclusion in your shot as a great detail, and I like to see the old buildings and their reflections lining the water.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-05-05 5:28
Ola Way ,
Que linda foto , está 5 estrelas :) , este lugar com este rio no meio destas casas é magnifico , boa escolha pelo pôr do sol , gostei muito dos reflexos ao longo do rio , boas cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Cricri (100163) 2011-05-05 8:55
Un endroit paisible bien capturer avec la douceur du moment, belles réflexions et composition avec l'homme sur la barque, très belle réalisation
sacimar (25971) 2011-05-05 9:29
as you define in the title, this is a mystic sunset, the light creates this wonderful atmosphere and you captured very well, good job!
Kielia (22913) 2011-05-06 1:51
outstanding photo work, it is especially the moody light and the gentle colors that makes this impression very attractive. Excellent perspective! But what I like most is the genuine atmosphere. My compliments!
abmdsudi (38710) 2011-05-06 7:27
It looks fabulous, sunset with soft pastel colours. Excellent composition and great dof with thin sky in front of the sun which diffused the light and created a magical colours and tones in the sky, a very calming feel reinforced by great reflection in the calm water. Superb clarity, well detailed with specks of bright complimentary colors. Wonderful perspective, the canoe in the foreground gives a good balance, an anchor that leads the eyes meandering through the waterway into the far distance and gradually fades into the mist. A wonderful place to spend some time waiting on the light doing something like this, mysterious and atmospheric moment. Great capture, Congrats, TFS
Angshu (54475) 2011-05-06 8:36
A picture which is filled with pastel hues, soothing to look at! The perspective has been well drawn with the boat in the FG as a good anchor. The red lanterns hanging from the houses are definitely very attractive. Lovely...just like a painting!
Nard (6970) 2011-05-08 2:46
Wonderful sunset picture with soft and purple light. I like the atmosphere which seems so peaceful and the splendid reflections on the water. Really well captured
pablominto (53744) 2011-05-10 11:31
The haze in the air creates a very special atmosphere, lending a dreamy mood to the scene!
A well chosen point of view along the side of the canal, and the guy in the boat is well placed in the scene...
Two main elements create a pleasant imaginary diagonal..!
leontina (170) 2011-05-16 21:56
What a peacefull and from another time atmosphere! Lovely and gentle light and colours.
All the best,
david_P (512) 2011-05-17 8:39
Hello my friend !
Great Colors on this one, like impressionism work, Sharpness is as usual very well controlled, reflections are beautifull and give a very calm and peacefull effect.
A beautifull vision of China
Charo (51208) 2011-05-18 14:23
The photo is very beautiful and the sun in its setting and the mist that surrounds the channel, give a very special atmosphere.
Excellent perspective and great depth and colors.
maloutim (9623) 2011-05-20 18:54
What a calm, subdued atmosphere well rendered by the rosy haze, the reflexion of the pale sun in the river, the placid activity of the fisherman and the general quietness surrounding the houses.
The red decorations add a welcome note of colour.
These houses will be kept I hope, rather than destroyed as in a lot of places in China.
I wonder what it's like to live in them though, whether it's damp inside or subject to frequent floods.
Thanks for sharing and kindest regards.
mkamionka (29151) 2011-05-31 4:46
you have captured a truly extraordinary atmosphere here. The light is fantastic. I like especially the reflection of the setting sun in the river.
Very charming old Chinese style houses. I like the composition with plenty of diagonals and which includes a typical boat. It adds some more life and interest here.
Very attractive work,
Atousa (7123) 2011-06-05 6:56
A very attractive shot well composed with great soft colors n beautiful reflections.. I like its mysterious peaceful atmosphere.. a fine work..tfs
Best regards, Atousa
dta (62234) 2011-06-06 11:04
Hello Way ,
What a fantastic mood here ! Provided by the subtile evening light and the splendid calm mirror . the composition is excellent , too in this vertical format . Like especially the little boat in the FG ;
magalik (6101) 2011-06-12 15:00
I came to comment your first shot from Morocco and I have discovered this one that I didn't see before. What a wonder... We feel between photography and paint. I don't know if it's due to your PP or if it's the real atmosphere but the result is really great.
It's especially the left side which gives this felling of paint. A watercolor paint.
This shot shows that photography is really able to supplant painting, at least from a visual point of view. And it takes less time ! ;)
I love this shot. For my favorites !
Have a good week.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2011-06-14 15:54
the composition is as good as a painting, excellent.
adores (33868) 2011-06-15 17:38
Seems you were there at the right moment! The light is very good here and the place seems so peaceful and quiet, with just a few locals. The red lanterns are a really good detail!Wonderful colours!
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2011-06-16 3:08
long time no see, and I was now, coming to your gallery after such a long time, immediately captured by the subtle magical beauty of this photo in morning light...
Well done, Ivana
paololg (31448) 2011-06-17 7:00
Ciao dear Way,
like a little Venice, captured in a beautiful moment of the evening, where the colors are soft and pleasant. I love the reflections, especially if caught with this excellent photo quality, so this picture is a real pleasure for my eyes. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!
patdeph (35748) 2011-06-19 2:53
this is so beautiful,so quiet,so soft,and the very slight haze emphasizes this softness.I love the color of the sky and its reflection in the water,the sun is superbly placed as the boat for a perfect balance.And of course,and the main thing,the place is superb!
plimrn (21344) 2011-06-28 18:11
You certainly made the best use of the misty light in this beautiful composition. I will have to get out earlier..or. The river makes a fine path into the frame leading us past classic house while the FG boat vies with the sun and its reflection for the focal point giving a very harmonious triangle. the note is interesting and informative.
macjake (51264) 2011-07-10 7:50
what sets this photo apart, is the atmosphere.
the person in the boat realizes that as well, as we can see him just sitting there enjoying the calmness and the serenity offered up by mother nature.
the dimmed lighting and hazy air makes for a truly peaceful scene.
if you stayed at the Hyatt in San Fran, take a look at the photo i uploaded today :)
fotka (3171) 2011-07-15 8:33
The sunset in the misty hazy day makes impressive photo on the boundary with a painting. The soft colors and light give peaceful atmosphere. Great composition with excellent long perspective and beautiful reflection on the water.
sway (434) 2011-08-31 23:35
Stunning photograph! the ripples in the water give this shot life. Love the colors and reflections.
bebbetto (12) 2011-10-16 8:06
In this boring afternoon spent at home, I delighted in watching your beautiful photos.
Here is a magical atmosphere, absolutely fascinating.
It seems as if time has stood still.
The reflections are splendid and the depth of field is excellent
lilito (3458) 2012-07-23 5:39
Une excellente ambiance, on ne peut plus mélancolique et colorée à même temps
- Copyright: Way Lim (Waylim) (24938)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm, circular polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-04 11:12
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